Wk 6 – Art Experience – Photo Walk

On Thursday, we went on a photo walk. A photo walk is basically when you walk as a group and take photos of what you’re observing. Whether it be a picture of a bird, or a bench in the park. If you find it interesting, then by all means, snap a picture of it! My your guide was Jing Huan Ooi, she led us through the campus.

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We went on a tour through the campus and looked at the trees nearby the Engineering Building.

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The trees are hardly noticed at the campus, and really make it look better. Without the trees, it would look plain.

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I left the group briefly to see the fountain at Brotman Hall. I got this picture with two lovely ducks.

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This is my favorite picture because it feels kinda goofy. Why is there a bow on the tree? Who knows. But it looks pretty cool.

I think it’d be a better idea if we had the tour groups assigned, rather than pick your own. Some groups had 5 or 6 people. And some have 40+. Next time, it should be spread out even. Although, I did like that it was pretty intimate.

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Wk 5 – Art Experience – Cuisine, Couture or Coiffure

This week we got to choose between Cuisine, Couture or Coiffure! I chose cuisine as it was to me, the easiest and the most appealing. I like to cook and like to experiment here  and there with recipes I find online. My parents love when I try it out because they  end up enjoying a great snack or meal. I prepared with my girlfriend Double Baked Potatoes and she created Jalepeno and Mozzarella stuffed Meatballs. It’s not too artsy but I liked the idea because they’re not you’re typical presentation of potatoes and meatballs. It was a long process, took about 3 hours and lots of pictures.

Well here it goes:

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These are the potatoes, I threw them in the oven to bake and then I helped out with the meatballs however, I don’t have pictures for the meatballs, sorry!

I then pulled out the potatoes and made mash potatoes with it.

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Then I throw them back in the shell of the potato

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I added cheese to some of them! Then I stuck them back into the oven and let it back! Hence the name Double Baked Potatoes.

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Final picture! Topped it with bacon, green onions and sour cream!

Here it is with the meatballs!

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Shared some with my mom and my cousin.

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Next time I’ll document the meatballs!

Wk 5 – Artist Conversation – Kristi Jensen

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INFO BLOCK

Artist: Kristi Jensen

Exhibition: Fuse: Joined to form; Single entity

Media: Metals (copper, silvers, etc.)

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L Gatov West & East

Website:n/a

Instagram: @whipperton

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Kristi Jensen is working her way to Bachelor of Fine Arts at CSULB, she is expecting to graduate in the Fall of 2016. She was inspired in her arts through her grandfather who fixed TVs and found his process in her own work. Jensen first started as a sculpting major but it was not her style, she ended up enjoying the metal medium, she like that you could “take it apart, and put it back together” Her hobbies include, setting things on fire, knitting, working with fiber arts, and watching The Walking Dead. Jensen claims that she is ready for the zombie apocalypse, she has the tools for it. Jensen’s dream was to incorporate her work from school and still make money through it.

FORMAL ANALYSIS:

Jensen’s work is made out metal. Her pieces range from metal abstracts to jewelery.

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The pieces are entirely made from her own two hands. Metalworking consists of heating and treating the metal so it lasts long, so it must be a very intricate and delicate process. Her necklace pictured below includes strands that you wear while the pendant looks like glass or more of a jade look. The larger piece pictured above is quite different from jewelry, you don’t often think these two are made in the same category; it is however more abstract and shaped like a vase,  kind of like an onion.

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CONTENT ANALYSIS:

The content appears to be just for style. The necklace looks very decorative and something anyone would wear in public. It reminds me of a rose with shades of blue and green instead of red. The onion looking piece, is more decorative than the necklace. Unfortunately you cannot wear it like the necklace. The content is not much about what it means, according to Jensen, it is more about the techniques and how to incorporate each new learned skill into her piece.

SYNTHESIS:

The exhibition was very large. I understand why Jensen has about two or three pieces, because each piece takes 3 weeks. Better to have many artists than just one. I like her work, it is very minimalistic and not too flashy or too abstract. I don’t know if this is offensive, but her onion looking piece looks like a great piece for a showcase mansion. It seems perfectly suitable as a decorative piece in a large house. The necklace is my favorite between the two as the different shades really stands out. It reminds me of those mood rings but these are stuck on one mood.

Wk 5 – Classmate Conversation – Sam Tan

I had the pleasure to speak with Sam Tan. Sam is from Alhambra but is actually from Chicago! Which I thought was pretty cool, Chicago always seemed like a great place to visit. He told me that it was very cold there compared to SoCal’s weather. A 3rd year Biology major! Sam told me at first that he did not know what he wanted to o, but he found an internship at Saint Mary’s. He at first, tried to pursue the career of the medical field like me, I tried working in nursing but it wasn’t for both of us. He said that he didn’t like that he did tedious tasks, sitting and waiting for work to be handed to him; he was basically a delivery boy for the hospital. Sam played volleyball in high school, occasionally  goes to the batting range, plays basketball  and golf with his friends, and watches anime here and there.

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Wk 4 – Art Experience – Spray Paint

This week we we’re using spray paint! I’m not very familiar with spray paint, but I have spray painted a PlayStation 4 controller which came out nice. However, that was only one color, and just holding down the spray, no strokes whatsoever. But here’s how it went:

Went to Michael’s and bought two spray cans, they were on clearance so it was like 4$ each.

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Just these two. They really stood out when I used them.

Now, all I did was spray paint my nickname. Well, it’s more what my friends choose to call me. B-daddy. I don’t know how it came about, but it stuck.

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First green coat
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Second orange coat

I liked the way it came out, reminds me of watermelon.

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Obligatory "thug life" photo

Had fun, next time, I’ll find a larger canvas to try this out.

Wk 4 – Artist Conversation – Samuel Jernigan

Wk 4 – Artist Conversation – Samuel Jernigan

INFO BLOCK

Artist: Samuel Jernigan

Exhibition: Weight of Whimsy and Ideals

Media: Ceramics, Spray Paint, Sculpture

Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L Gatov West

Website: cargocollective.com/samueljernigan

Instagram: @samueljenri

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

The artist’s name is Samuel Jernigan, he is a graduate student. He graduated in the Fall of 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics. Jernigan’s work is quite intricate, he makes sculptures out of ceramics and spray paint. Jernigan has been working with ceramics since 2000, he worked as a production artist. He also often spends a long amount of time working on each piece. He’s spent 14 to 16 hours a day working a day marking art in the studio so he ended up renting it as a place to stay. Also, his favorite donut is chocolate with nuts.

FORMAL ANALYSIS:

Samuel Jernigan’s ceramic art is your standard made ceramics. They are composed of the same materials. Jernigan uses spray paint to paint the pieces. He says he prefers spray paint because “it doesn’t run.” Most pieces of his are unnamed and Jernigan said, ” if it makes me laugh, it’s cool with me.” The ceramics are smooth and molded nicely made on a larger scale than usual.

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CONTENT ANALYSIS:

Samuel Jernigan’s ceramic art is very intricate, not only is it made into specific shapes, it is, for some, interchangeable. I myself was not sure what he meant, but he could easily swap a bust’s head piece with another one considering that the mount for it was similar. “Each piece of  [it] are autonomous and move in their own direction.” Jernigan says that his inspiration came from toys that made him confused about what they were, so in this case, he wanted to display a sure look at what you are comprehending and seeing (if that makes sense).

SYNTHESIS:

Overall, I really enjoyed Samuel Jernigan’s work, his art pieces are great and very warming. The colors that he uses set nicely and give a more vibrant look. Think of it this way, what if you saw a bright white porcelain bust, but then saw what Jernigan made, a more milky brown ceramic piece. It’s very nice some could be changed with a different piece. You could change it to how you felt today, or what you wanted to showcase to your guests. Either way, I would love to have one in my house.

P.S Excuse my photo but Samuel said that he's not very photogenic and would prefer if we took one while talking with all of us.

Wk 4 – Classmate Conversation – Christopher Chadwick

Today I interviewed, Christopher Chadwick!

Christopher is 20 years old, and on his 3rd year at CSULB, he’s expected to graduate next Spring 2017. He is working on getting his degree in Mechanical Engineering. Once Christopher graduates, he plans to work on airplanes, motorcycles, or cars. I thought that would awesome myself, but math is not for me, unfortunately.

Christopher also enjoys to play Water Polo. He is the club team president! Impressive. He also enjoys to play video games and surf. He learned how to surf while living in San Diego, his hometown! He’s known how to swim since he was 3!

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